National Geographic : 1931 Jan
© National Geographic Society Natural-Color Photographs by Jacob Gayer MODERN WATER SYSTEMS ARE DISPLACING THESE MORE PRIMITIVE METHODS OF SUPPLY For centuries wells and cisterns supplied all the water for Santo Domingo. Now pipe lines assure a constant flow from distant mountain reservoirs. The old Spanish cistern (left) was filled with rain water draining from the roofs through numerous down spouts. At the right isatraveler's palm, so called because sheaths at the base of the leaf stalks act as natural reservoirs and collect rain water, which isthus made available tothe thirsty wayfarer.